The Great Marquess retires to Scotland

JOHN Cameron’s LNER K4 2-6-0 No. 61994 The Great Marquess has moved to the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway for static display.

The West Highland Line veteran is set to take pride of place in the Museum of Scottish Railways at Bo’ness station.

The locomotive has been in storage at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway since its withdrawal from service.

LNER K4 2-6-0 No. 61994 The Great Marquess is set to begin its new life as a static museum exhibit at Bo’ness. BKR

The museum and the Cameron Railway Trust have reached agreement for the Gresley K4 to be displayed at Bo’ness for two years, or until the trust is able to display it at its proposed visitor centre facility in Fife.

The Great Marquess will be on display at the BKR’s October 21-22 steam gala before being moved into the museum shortly afterwards.

It will be just one of the attractions at the gala, which will feature GWR 0-6-2T No. 5643 as star guest.

Scottish Railway Preservation Society chairman, Vic Michel, said: “The Great Marquess was built in 1938. Being a very powerful and yet manoeuvrable locomotive, it was able to manage the steep gradients and sharp curves of the West Highland Line on which it was frequently used.

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